When the world tells you what you lack…

We live in a world that tells us to compare. Compare ourselves with our friends.  Compare ourselves with what we see on TV and in the movies.  Compare ourselves with “statistics” to find out whether we’re “normal” or not. But that’s not the path to freedom, and that’s not the way of Jesus. “Not that […]

The Wages of Comparison

Dissatisfied much? Matthew 20:1-16 tells the story of a generous vineyard owner and some frustrated workers.  Why is it that the first workers grumble at the owner’s generosity toward the late-arriving workers?  The first workers thought they would receive more than originally promised, not because their own performance exceeded expectations, but because they compared themselves […]